Iran Parliament debates bill calling for Israel's destruction by 2040
Iranian lawmakers burn two pieces of papers representing the U.S. flag and the nuclear deal as they chant slogans against the US at the parliament in Tehran, Iran, on May 9, 2018. (AP Photo)

The bill consists of 16 paragraphs each detailing how Tehran should respond to the killing Qasem Soleimani.

Iranian lawmakers have submitted a bill seeking the government by law to commit to Israel's destruction by the year 2040, Iranian state media ISNA reported last week.

The bill reportedly consists of 16 paragraphs each detailing how Tehran should respond to the assassination of Quds Force Gen. Qasem Soleimani, who was killed in a US airstrike in Baghdad on January 3, 2020.

One of the provisions of the law obligates the Iranian government to take measures that will bring about "the elimination of Israel by March 2040."

Other goals stated in the parliamentary initiative include "expelling the United States" from the Middle East, "break the blockade of the Gaza Strip by Israel" and promote "the right of return of Palestinian refugees, in order to increase their number to the point of destroying Israel demographically."

Lawmakers will also propose continuing "aid to Yemen" in support of Houthi rebels, and provide more resources to Tehran-backed militias in Iraq and elsewhere.

Tensions between Iran and the West intensified this week when the US Treasury Department slapped new restrictions on the Iranian economy Tuesday, this time targeting the country's steel sector.

According to a Treasury press release, the sector is "an important revenue source for the Iranian regime, generating wealth for its corrupt leaders."

The US has been rolling out new restrictions on Iran volley after volley in the recent months ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, who has stated the intention to return to the 2015 nuclear deal.

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